With an aggressive type of cancer that resists any form of treatment, Virginia Rose Vandermark was only given a few months to live by her doctors. Diagnosed in April 2015 with high risk Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia with Monosomy 7, she was not expected to last until Christmas.
Deeply saddened by the unexpected news but wishing for their daughter to have as many Christmases as she could celebrate, the family decided to start Christmas a little early. They took her home in November for comfort care – and began weekly Christmas celebrations.
Friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers came to celebrate with them. People brought decorations, including lots of angels, to decorate the Vandermark home as well as the lawn and the streets leading to their house. It was Christmas everywhere the little girl looked.
Weekends were bittersweet as neighbors and strangers came to sing carols outside the house to bring Christmas cheer to Virginia Rose and her family. They received cards and presents. Instead of experiencing one last Christmas, Virginia Rose got lots and lots of Christmases to last a lifetime.
She did enjoy Christmas day with her family but passed away on December 29, 2015. Still, the family is grateful for the support they received from the community.
Although the coming new year is going to be the saddest one they have ever had, they feel grateful that Virginia Rose was given the chance to have the best Christmas ever…